Victorian Squash League By Laws


 
               
1.  INTERPRETATION OF BY-LAWS
 
The Match and Pennant Committee shall be responsible for the
interpretation of the By-Laws.
 
2.  PENALTIES FOR BREACHES OF BY-LAWS
 
The League shall have the power to impose penalties for the breach
of any of these By-Laws by any of the following forms:-disqualification,
suspension, fine, the awarding of any rubber or match, and/or the deduction
of points already scored.
 
3. PROCEDURE FOR PROTESTS ALLEGING BREACHES OF BY-LAWS
 
Protests alleging breaches of these By-Laws must be lodged in writing
with the Match and Pennant Coordinator of the League within (7) days of
the occurrence of the alleged breach.
 
4. PROCEDURE FOR APPEALS AGAINST DECISIONS
 
Any appeal against an interpretation or decision by the Pennant Committee
under these By-Laws must be lodged to the Secretary of the League within
seven (7) days from the notification of such decision.
 
5.   CAPTAINS
 
Are responsible for accurately completing the result form at the match venue.
 
6.  REGISTRATION OF NEW PLAYERS
 
Players must be registered with the Record's Officer or the Match &
Pennant Coordinator prior to the match being played. This is done by completing
the official registration form and faxed to the Record's Officer prior to the match.
If there is any doubt about the eligibility or position that the player is to be 
registered, then a phone call must be made to the records officer. Provision is 
provided for the new player to sign the result sheet, to indicate that the new 
player understands the rules of the Pennant Competition. Failure to observe the 
above procedure may mean that the player is not registered for subsequent matches,
and if played, points will be deducted for an "unregistered player".
If no Registration form is available, the name & address must be emailed or
faxed to the Records Officer.
 
7. ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS
 
(a) To be eligible to play in a pennant competition, each nominated player must 
be a bona-fide club member of the club by whom they are nominated.
(b) No player shall be nominated for two competitions that play on the same day.
(c) No player will be permitted to play with more than one team in the same round
of Pennant Competition unless special permission is received from the Pennant Committee.
 
8. COURT DEMEANOUR
 
It is all players' responsibility to ensure that they display good
court demeanor at all times.
 
9. FORFEITS
 
                    If a team wishes to forfeit a rubber, the remaining players must play
in the correct order of merit (viz  1,2,3 & forfeit at 4). No points will
be scored by the team forfeiting, and the opposing team will be considered
to have won the rubber.
 
10. ELIGIBILITY FOR FINALS
 
To qualify to play in any Finals match a player must have played in at
least one third of the total matches played by the team that he has been
nominated for. A player must play in his nominated team in the Finals match
unless special permission is gained from the Match & Pennant Committee to play
in another team. All players must comply with any other requirement as designated 
by the Match & Pennant Committee. The Match & Pennant Committee may vary 
these requirements in exception circumstances.
Players who have been added since the start of the season and have achieved the 
above requirements, may be vetoed from the finals, if their inclusion is deemed 
to strengthen the team beyond the grade.
 
11. FINES
 
The following fines will be incurred:
(a) Withdrawal of team after grading - $200
(b) Non-attendance of markers & referees at final - $80 per person
(c) Team walkovers - $30
All fines are payable to the Victorian Squash League.
 
12. PLAYER REPORT
 
Any complaints or reports about a player must be made to the Match &
Pennant Chairperson for that Competition (c/- P.O. Box 1143 Mitcham North, 3132
within seven (7) days, or emailed to the Pennant Chairperson.
 
13. POWER TO DEMAND INFORMATION
 
The Pennant Committee & the Tribunal shall have the power to demand
from any member information regarding the circumstances under which any match
has been played or respecting any matters relating thereto.
 
14. ALTERATION TO ORDER OF MERIT
 
(a) The Pennant Committee has the right to alter the order of merit of any
member at any time. No alteration to order of merit will be permitted without
the permission of the Pennant Committee.
(b) If a member considers that the order of merit needs adjusting, details
of the proposed adjustment and the request to alter the order of merit of
the team must be submitted in writing to the Pennant Chairperson from the
Secretary of the Club before the last match of the first half of the Pennant
season or by the date nominated by the Pennant Committee.
In considering alterations to the order of merit, members should note that
only in exceptional circumstances will a player who has achieved more wins
than losses playing in a particular position in the team in matches during
the first-half Pennant Season, be permitted to play in the lower in position
during the second-half of the season.
All approved alterations remain effective until the completion of the
competition including the finals.
 
15. DUTIES OF HOME TEAMS
 
The home club shall supply the court, and at least one new squash
ball of the type approved by the League. The home team shall provide supper. 
Drinks BYO
 
16. PENNANT MATCH PROCEDURE
 
(a) Captains must advise their opposing Captains the composition of their
teams before the commencement of any match.
(b) All nominated players should be present at the commencement time unless
agreed by the captains prior to the match.
(c) Each rubber shall be scored in the form designated for that competition
and played to the rules of Squash Racquets and by these By-Laws.
(d) The playing order of the rubbers in all grades shall be decided by
the toss of a coin. The Captain winning the toss shall nominate the first
rubber to be played and thereafter Captains alternate choice of subsequent
rubbers. Subsequent rubbers must be nominated before the commencement of a
game that could win the current rubber.
 
17. DISPUTE OVER PLAYER ORDER
 
In the event of any dispute over the playing order of a team, the
match shall be played under protest, and the Pennant Committee shall
determine the matter on receipt of a protest submitted according to these
By-Laws.
 
18. STARTING TIME AND VENUE OF MATCH
 
All matches shall be played at the places approved by the League,
and shall commence at the time approved by the League.  If play is not
commenced within ten (10) minutes of the time laid down, the team offended
against may claim the rubber by default. Ten minutes shall be allowed
after each rubber for the subsequent rubber to commence. If the rubber is
not commenced within ten (10) minutes, the team offended against may claim
the rubber also. However, if a rubber is played after the expiration of
the 10 minutes of grace, the team offended against must advise the team
at fault of its intention to claim that rubber prior to the playing thereof,
otherwise the result of the playing of the rubber shall stand. If both
teams default in entirety, the match shall be cancelled.
 
19. VARIATION IN PLACE AND DATE OF PLAY
 
No alteration shall be made in the places and date of matches set
down unless the consent has been received from the Pennant Committee. Should
a match not be played as so arranged, then the team in default shall deem to
have been defeated, provided that the question as to which team is in default
is not to be decided by the Pennant Committee.
 
20. POWER TO ORDER REPLAY OR ALTER TIME OF MATCH
 
The Pennant Committee or Pennant Tribunal shall have the power to
order any match to be replayed, either wholly or in part, and to alter the
time for playing any match.
 
21. SUBSTITUTE PLAYER IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
 
Where a match has commenced, and a nominated team member as per By-Law
16 is unable to commence his rubber, due to sudden illness, accidental
disablement, or any good and sufficient reason, a substitute player may take
his place, provided that:-
(a) the opposing Captain agrees.
(b) proposed substitute is eligible under these By-Laws.
NOTE: If no substitute player is approved a forfeit shall be given.
 
22. MATCH AND INDIVIDUAL WALKOVERS
(a) To avoid a walkover the lowest ranked player in a team may play twice
as long as they do not play lower than their registered position..
eg In a 4 player team the No 4 (or lower) may play in the positions 3 & 4.
In a 3 player team, the No 3 (or lower) may play in the positions 2 & 3.
Matches do not need to be played in succession
(b) If any team receives a match walkover from any other team, it shall be
awarded all rubbers, games and points.
(c) In the event of a default occurring after the commencement of any match,
the team not defaulting shall be awarded all unfinished rubbers, games and
points.
(d) In the event of a walkover of an individual rubber being given in a
match which has already commenced, the teams not defaulting shall also be
awarded all rubbers, games and points competed for by the players at lower
positions in the two teams. The Pennant Committee may waive this ruling if
the circumstances causing the walkover are deemed to be of extreme or
sound nature.
(e) If any team gives a match walkover, the team's Club shall be fined for
each walkover. In the event of a third match walkover, that team shall be
disqualified and the member shall be liable for a further fine. Points will
be adjusted so that no team is disadvantaged.
(f) In addition each team which forfeits or grants a walkover will pay the
court management for each rubber forfeited or lost by walkover, an amount
equal to 25% of the cost of hiring the court for a complete Pennant Match.
 
23. PREGNANT PLAYERS
 
Pregnant women should seek medical advice about those risks to then make 
their own informed decision as to whether to participate.
 
24. DRAWN SEMI FINAL
 
In the event of two teams drawing their Semi Final match, the two players who
contested the final rubber for each team will play one extra game.  The player who
wins that game wins the match for the team.  At the end of the initial rubber, players
will be allowed a 5 minute Break (including a short ‘warm up’) prior to beginning the
deciding game.  The winner of the last rubber to serve first.
 
25. DRAWN GRAND FINAL MATCHES
 
In the event of two teams drawing their Grand Final match, the two players who
contested the final rubber for each team will play one extra game.  The player who
wins that game wins the match for the team.  At the end of the initial rubber, players
will be allowed a 5 minute Break (including a short ‘warm up’) prior to beginning the
deciding game.  The winner of the last rubber to serve first.
 
26. COURT FEES
 
Captains must pay the court fees for the whole team. Fees not paid
by any team, the court owner of that team will be held responsible and payments
must be paid by return mail.
 
27. TRANSFERS
 
 
Transfer forms are to be completed and signed in triplicate with one copy
being retained by each Club involved with the transfer and one copy is to be
held by the Victorian Squash League office.
There will be no late transfers accepted, except in exceptional circumstances,
and only if the player is not named on a team sheet, and did not participated
in that competition in the previous season.
Transfers can be submitted to the VSL at any time during the year in readiness
for the next season.
The closing date for transfers is normally two (2) weeks before Clubs submit
entries for the next season.
Transfers are essential to change club.
 
28. APPEAL AGAINST POINT ALLOCATION
 
This must be done within seven (7) days of the results being published
otherwise adjustments may not necessarily be applied.
 
 




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